Do i have to go back to brazil to exchange or retrieve my visa?
hello. my name is crystal. im a brazilian woman and recently i lost my passport containing my f1 visa.
i went to the brazilian consulate and got a new passport with a different number.
my question is, if i wanna attend to another school or get a working status do i have to go to the american consulate in brazil to get another one or can it be done inside the country?
2 attorney answers
A person in the US in F status may continue in F status despite a lost visa. The visa is a travel document only obtained at a US consul outside the US.
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You may look up your F-1 status info on I-94 record online. At least, you'll have an F-1 status confirmation and your travel history. You'll need an actual visa (stamp in your passport) to return to the US after an international travel. You can obtain a new F-1 visa in a US consulate in Brazil.
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